Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii

Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii

(HawaiiNewsNow)- Winnie-the-Pooh, Santa and their friends are on the lookout for an invasion of Star Wars Stormtroopers who will be enforcing order in paradise at Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii's 26th  Annual "Breakfast with Santa".  Since the 501st Legion - Pacific Outpost is headquartered at Darth Vader's favorite vacation destination, Honolulu, Darth Vader and the stormtroopers are scheduled to appear on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Japanese Cultural Center Manoa Grand Ballroom on 2454 South Beretania Street.

"During these difficult economic times our goal is to raise funds to continue programs and add new programs for the keiki of Hawaii. We have been overwhelmed by the generous support of the community in previous years and we hope the community will come out again to support this popular family event," explains Nancy Ortiz, Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii Board member and Chairperson of the Breakfast with Santa event.

Breakfast takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and lunch is from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m. A donation of $25 per person includes a served meal, photo with Santa, clowns, face-painting, games and crafts, costumed characters, magicians and a Christmas gift.   The popular costumed characters joining Santa include Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Barley, Dalmatian, Taz, Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Kung Fu Panda, Goofy, Pikachu and the 501st Legion – Pacific Outpost Star Wars Stormtroopers. Live stage entertainment features Hawaii's favorite musical entertainers.  Children under two are free and will not have a seat or meal but may participate in the activities. A ticket may be purchased for children under 2 if a seat or meal is desired. Children two and older must have a ticket.

 Tickets can be ordered online by clicking HERE. You may also call (808) 951-0200.  All seats are assigned on tables of 10 with best seating assigned on a first paid, first served basis. Seating is limited and all seats are assigned. All tickets are non-refundable.

"Come and help raise not only some needed funds but a much needed awareness of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment and how we all can do something to prevent such tragic happenings in our island community.  You can feel good about helping an agency with a mission of hope for children that have already been born and those that are yet to come," states Aileen Deese, Program Director of Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii.

According to Prevent Child Abuse America, the nation's leading child abuse prevention organization, and based on the report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reports were made to child protective services concerning the safety and well-being of approximately 3.3 million children in the U.S. in 2010. As a result of these reports, an estimated 695,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse and neglect, a rate of 9.2 per 1,000 children. Data from the states continue to indicate that one-third (34%) of the victims are younger than four years old.

According to the State of Hawaii Department of Human Services January 2012 Databook, there were about 4,199 reports of child abuse and neglect in calendar year 2010 reported to Child Protective Services, of which 1,575 were confirmed reports.